'We were ready': Kraken bounce back, top Stars to force Game 7

Needing a response to keep their season alive, the Seattle Kraken found exactly that in a 6-3 series-tying win Saturday against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of this Western Conference semifinal at Climate Pledge Arena.

A number of items allowed the Kraken to break out for six goals, prompt the Stars to pull star goaltender Jake Oettinger

and ultimately force a Game 7 slated for Monday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

For the Stars, a Game 7 win would see them advance to the Western Conference final for the second time in four seasons.

As for the Kraken, winning Game 7 would see the second-year franchise reach the conference finals for the first time in team history.

"We were ready tonight. I feel like the last couple games, they were the ready team at the start," said Kraken winger Eeli Tolvanen, 

who finished with a goal and three points. "I think that was the big key today. All four lines were ready to play and showed up."

Gaining some sense of control was a challenge for the Kraken throughout their losses in Games 4 and 5. 

The Kraken struggled in 5-on-5 play, as they failed to even meet their averages in certain offensive categories such as shots per 60, scoring chances per 60 and high-danger scoring chances per 60.